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The Cuckoo’s Calling

Hardcover, 04/30/2013

ISBN 978-0-316-20684-6

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“One of the books of the year.” —USA Today

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

“Highly entertaining. An appealing protagonist who’s sure to be the star of many sequels to come.  Propulsive suspense. A team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting.”—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“The master is back. [THE CUCKOO’S CALLING] returns to the strengths that made Harry Potter great — the beautiful sense of pacing, the deep but illusionless love for her characters — without sacrificing the expanded range of The Casual Vacancy.” —USA Today (3.5/4 stars)

“A gritty, absorbing tale.” —People

“Cleverly plotted… Rowling serves up a sushi platter of red herring, sprinkling clues along the way, before Strike draws a confession out of the killer in a climax straight out of Agatha Christie.” —Entertainment Weekly

“[Rowling’s] literary gift is on display in this work. She crafts an entertaining story [and] comes up with an ending that I’ll admit I was surprised by. . . . A fun read, with a main character you can care about and one you’ll want to see again in other adventures.” —The Washington Post